Constantina Theofanopoulou

theofanopoulouI am a Phd Candidate in Cognitive Science and Language at the University of Barcelona, under the supervision of Cedric Boeckx, with Erich Jarvis co-advising the experimental part of my project.

My research focuses on deconstructing the mosaic of the human language faculty via a bottom-up approach: departing from genes’ interactions and the wiring diagram of the brain in an attempt to unfold the complexity of cognition. Human language is to be understood in a biolinguistic context, where interdisciplinarity is both a starting point and a goal. The intricacy found in language is impossible to approach without taking into consideration Evolution and Development. My aim is to analyze step-by-step how evolution acted on traits encoded within genes, resulting in the emergence of human language.
For my Phd project I will be focusing on the implications of oxytocin in vocal learning circuits in humans, zebra finches and mice from a molecular to a behavioral level.

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